Dear Colleagues,

The Organizing Committee of the Fourth International Palaeontological Congress, Mendoza (Argentina), 2014 is sending the August IPC4 Newsletter to keep you updated about the most recent news.

Three Important News for Postgraduate Students

Early Registration Deadline. If you are a PhD student, you need to be registered in order to apply for financial assistance to attend the IPC4. Remember this deadline: August 30th 2013 and save up to 20%. Don't miss the opportunity and register now! Visit the IPC4 registration page for further information about registration deadlines and fees.

PalAss Grants for Travel. The Palaeontological Association will support intercontinental travel costs (a maximum of £750) of postgraduate student members of the Association who will be presenting their research at the IPC4. Applications will be open following the abstract submission deadline. See more details in the IPC4 grants page.

IPA and IPC Grants for Lodging and Food. The International Palaeontological Association and the 4th International Palaeontological Congress will offer 20 grants for lodging and food to any postgraduate students who will present their work at the congress. See more details in the IPC4 grants page.

Please, note that applications can only be submitted to a single funding source.


After a careful selection among several proposals the Scientific Committee of the IPC4 has nominated 23 Symposia. Many thanks to all of you who have submitted such interesting topics. The following is the definitive list of Symposia:

1. Form, function and palaeobiology (Euan Clarkson – Sergio Vizcaíno).

2. The invasion of land: when and where? (Nicholas Minter – Charles Wellman).

3. Evolution of early Angiosperms (Alejandra Gandolfo – Elizabeth J. Hermsen).

4. Actualistic Palaeontology: state of the art, problems, and perspectives (Claudio De Francesco – Michal Kowalewski).

5. Neoproterozoic Palaeobiology: preservation, palaeobiology, environments and phylogeny (Jim Gehling – Guy Narbonne).

6. Burgess Shale-type deposits and the origin of modern ecosystems (Jean-Bernard Caron – Jean Vannier).

7. Tracking Evolutionary Innovations in the fossil record (Doug Erwin – Jeremy Jackson).

8. The Origin and Early Evolution of Birds (Luis Chiappe – Jingmai O’Connor).

9. Vertebrate taphonomy: applications and implications (Yolanda Fernandez Jalvo – Claudia Montalvo).

10. Evolution of South American endemic mammals (Darin Croft – Guillermo Lopez).

11. Cretaceous-Tertiary palaeobiogeographic connections with Antarctica (Marcelo Reguero – Eduardo Olivero).

12. Using Trace fossils to understand evolutionary trends (Claudia Marsicano – Luis Buatois – Gabriela Mángano).

13. Research and Management of Palaeontological UNESCO world heritage sites (Melissa Grey – Deborah Skilliter).

14. Evolution of photosynthesizing organisms- from microbiota to plants (Malgorzata Moczydlowska-Vidal – Vivi Vajda).

15. Comparative palaeoecology of Phanerozoic extinction events (Richard J. Twitchett – Luke Mander – Silvia Danise).

16. Coevolution of the Earth and Life: the role of the physical environment in species evolution (Erin E. Saupe – Corinne E. Myers).

17. Rotten fossils? Experimental and analytical approaches to decay and exceptional preservation of soft tissues (Mark Purnell – Sarah Gabbott).

18. Palaeobiogeography of Late Cretaceous dinosaurs (Phillip Currie – Rodolfo Coria).

19. Sauropod dinosaurs from Gondwana: the evolution of giants (Bernardo González Riga – Jorge Calvo – Matthew Lamanna).

20. Ordovician biotas of Gondwana: responses to global climatic and eustatic events, and their biogeographic relationships within the Ordovician world (David Harper – Andrei Dronov).

21. Geochemistry and the study of biomineralization: a powerful tool for palaeontological studies in the XXI century (Giuseppe Buono – Lucia Angiolini – Liisa Lang).

22. Cenozoic evolution of tropical-equatorial mammals (Pierre-Olivier Antoine – François Pujos).

23. Fossil arthropods as living organisms: morphology, palaeoecology, development and evolution (Allison C. Daley – James C. Lamsdell).


The following workshop is scheduled:

Cretaceous marine biotas and seaways in Gondwana (M. Beatriz Aguirre-Urreta – Darío G. Lazo).

Open Sessions

Delegates are also invited to submit their contributions to the Open Sessions. Open Sessions will be dedicated to those Palaeontological topics that have not been considered within any symposia. For further information take a look at the IPC4 open sessions page.

Short Courses

Please, take note that an already scheduled short course has been renamed:

Micropalaeontology, biostratigraphy and palaeobathymetry in Petroleum Basins (Felix Gradstein).

Open this GRADSTEIN - Short Course PDF for further information.

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